Keep Calm and Hammer On – Week 29

Exactly five months from today we will begin a week-long celebration of the grand re-opening of our galleries, education center and gift shop.

 

Exactly five months from today we will begin a week-long celebration of the grand re-opening of our galleries, education center and gift shop.

Schedule your staycation at the Valentine for the week of October 20th!

While there have been a number of surprises along the way, I am pleased to report that we are on schedule and that we are very close to our budget projections for the renovation.

I  realize now that there isn’t any wiggle room in our schedule and we wish we had more of our construction contingency left for additional surprises.

Exhibition designs are nearing completion and their fabrication will begin soon.

Community conversations and public programs are being planned for the new spaces.

Facility rentals are beginning to be confirmed. (A very brave group even booked the first holiday party in a space that today has no walls.)

Large groups gather each week for our Hard Hat Happy Hours.

Funding requests continue to move forward.

It seems impossible that just seven months ago we gathered at Richmond History Makers to begin this process.  

Last week we held a reception for major donors to our annual campaign.  It reminded me of the incredible and loyal support in this community for the Valentine.  This has been a long process and I appreciate your willingness to join us every Monday.  I’m looking forward to the next few weeks because there will be much to report on our progress.  Stay tuned… 

Are you curious about our progress? Join us for a Hard Hat Happy Hour happening every Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. You can contact me for more information or RSVP online and let me know you’ll be coming by.

If you would like to help keep us calm and hammering on, you can support the History Center on our secure donation page at /give.

Bill Martin, Director